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Artifact Collective: an attempt to consciousness

By Nick Stokes
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  • Publisher : Nick Stokes
  • Isbn : 1797045830
  • Pages : 481
  • Category : Fiction
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ARTIFACT COLLECTIVE is an attempt to create consciousness in a book. You begin. You are trapped in the dark under a great weight. You cannot move. His, her, their, our, your, and my consciousnesses take shape through speculation into your condition. Are you buried alive? Why? Are you alive? Are you accelerating through space in a you-shaped windowless vessel? What is your shape? Are you a flicker of light on the horizon of a black hole? Where is she? Has he lost all he loved? Speculation via thought becomes reality. Including historical, scientific, and found materials and images, ARTIFACT COLLECTIVE is a fictional and non-fictional exploration of quantum theory, cosmology, possible futures, intellectual property, interwoven presents, the commons, the individual and collective mind, and the self. ARTIFACT COLLECTIVE is a corpus. It is an artifact. ARTIFACT COLLECTIVE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 License (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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Western films are often considered sprawling reflections of the American spirit. This book analyzes the archetypes, themes, and figures within the mythology of the western frontier. Western themes are interpreted as expressions of cultural needs that perform specific psychological functions for the audience. Chapters are devoted to the frontier hero character, the roles of women and Native Americans, and the work of the genre's most prolific directors, Anthony Mann and John Ford. The book includes a filmography and movie stills. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Enhancing Organizational Performance

By Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance,Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,National Research Council
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : National Academies Press
  • Isbn : 0309521947
  • Pages : 275
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 649
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Book Summary:

Total quality management (TQM), reengineering, the workplace of the twenty-first century--the 1990s have brought a sense of urgency to organizations to change or face stagnation and decline, according to Enhancing Organizational Performance. Organizations are adopting popular management techniques, some scientific, some faddish, often without introducing them properly or adequately measuring the outcome. Enhancing Organizational Performance reviews the most popular current approaches to organizational change--total quality management, reengineering, and downsizing--in terms of how they affect organizations and people, how performance improvements can be measured, and what questions remain to be answered by researchers. The committee explores how theory, doctrine, accepted wisdom, and personal experience have all served as sources for organization design. Alternative organization structures such as teams, specialist networks, associations, and virtual organizations are examined. Enhancing Organizational Performance looks at the influence of the organization's norms, values, and beliefs--its culture--on people and their performance, identifying cultural "levers" available to organization leaders. And what is leadership? The committee sorts through a wealth of research to identify behaviors and skills related to leadership effectiveness. The volume examines techniques for developing these skills and suggests new competencies that will become required with globalization and other trends. Mergers, networks, alliances, coalitions--organizations are increasingly turning to new intra- and inter-organizational structures. Enhancing Organizational Performance discusses how organizations cooperate to maximize outcomes. The committee explores the changing missions of the U.S. Army as a case study that has relevance to any organization. Noting that a musical greeting card contains more computing power than existed in the entire world before 1950, the committee addresses the impact of new technologies on performance. With examples, insights, and practical criteria, Enhancing Organizational Performance clarifies the nature of organizations and the prospects for performance improvement. This book will be important to corporate leaders, executives, and managers; faculty and students in organizational performance and the social sciences; business journalists; researchers; and interested individuals.

The Future of (High) Culture in America

By Daniel Asia
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443882089
  • Pages : 155
  • Category : Art
  • Reads : 880
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Book Summary:

This book brings together the proceedings of the inaugural conference of the University of Arizona Center for American Culture and Ideas (CACI), an institution dedicated to studying and promoting the arts, particularly investigating the relationship between the high arts and culture in America. The conference was titled “The Future of (High) Culture in America,” and was held in March 2014. Presenters and respondents included practicing artists, critics, educators and academics, curators, and art purveyors, all at the top of their game. Papers were presented, followed by comments from a panel of respondents and an audience question and answer period. The conference title can be read as both a statement and a question: Is there high culture in America, and if so, is it in jeopardy? This suggests an opportunity to consider what “culture” or “high culture” means. This book explores a range of subjects, including music, dance, the visual arts (particularly photography), and more general philosophical and psychological matters. As such, it offers a fascinating and provocative kaleidoscope of the position of arts and culture in America.

Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives

By Victoria Aarons
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Isbn : 149851717X
  • Pages : 234
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 786
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Book Summary:

This collection introduces the reader to third-generation Holocaust narratives, exploring the unique perspective of third-generation writers and demonstrating the ways in which Holocaust memory and trauma extend into the future.